Choosing Your Lure




Trust the Expert
When fishing for tuna in deep waters it is often the case that new anglers or anglers new to this type of fishing will trust the expert on the boast. The anglers may have a charter boat where all they have to do is haul in the tuna once they take a bite.
This can be great fun and produce some excellent fishing but the angler will learn next to nothing. By all means ask what type of lures are used and why. The art of successful fishing comes from both knowledge and experience. Be inquisitive and make each adventure a learning experience.

Home Made Lures

You can make your own lures. In my youth it was common to use tinfoil and bend it into a shape before attaching it the line. Spoons are another item you can use to make excellent lures. Secondhand spoons in charity shops are ideal. You may need to heat the metal and shape it and, after it has cooled, drill a hole or holes. The handle is removed and the lure can be painted any color you like.

If you have some old timber, light and easy to cut and shape, it can be both simple and fun to make some crank bait. Lures have been called many things over the years including crank bait, minnow, wobbler, shallow-diver and deep-diver.

Draw the outline of the fish as in a minnow or similar and then cut it out. The idea is to have the bait move in a fish like motion so tapering the bait is essential.

It doesn’t have to be a work of art but it does need a semblance of reality. It’s the lifelike small fish which attracts the real big fish, the tuna. Painting the bait is your choice and the superstitious anglers will adorn their crank bait with the angler’s lucky color. I’ve even heard of one guy who used the colors of his favorite football team.

Remember fish are attracted to an injured fish and some lures are designed to imitate that movement. When you consider that new types of lures are developed every year and that tens of millions of lures are sold annually, you can see it is a thriving business.

But as catching tuna varies in terms of the time of day or night, the depth of the water, the temperature of the water, etc., then so too will your choice of lure vary – its size, shape, color and number and placement of hooks.

In becoming a successful angler and landing many tuna, you should keep abreast of new developments in lures and bait. There are publications and web sites with news and reviews and fellow anglers are often a great source of what works and what doesn’t.



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